The province is investing in the Yarmouth to Maine ferry service to protect this important transportation link between southwestern Nova Scotia and the United States. The province’s Industrial Expansion Fund will cover financial losses for Bay Ferries Ltd. on its Yarmouth-Maine service to allow the company to maintain the operation for the 2009 season. The total amount of assistance will depend on the financial results of the service, but will not exceed $12 million. “Without this immediate assistance the service would not be able to continue,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Economic and Rural Development. “We are supporting Bay Ferries while we work with all partners to develop a more permanent solution.” Changes in fuel costs together with economic challenges in the United States and now Canada have had an impact on the number of individuals using the ferry service, particularly in the past year. New passport requirements also take effect June 1, adding to uncertainty over Canada-U.S. travel. A joint federal-provincial study will examine the transportation needs in southwest Nova Scotia to determine long-term decisions about the Yarmouth to Maine service. The federal government has committed $1 million for the study. “For the last 12 years, Bay Ferries and our employees have worked hard to continue this vital connection between southwestern Nova Scotia and the State of Maine,” said Mark MacDonald, president and chief executive officer of Bay Ferries. “For nine of those years, we proudly operated without government assistance, but now require support to continue to operate out of Yarmouth. Working with our government partners and the communities we serve, Bay Ferries is looking forward to reviewing the findings of the transportation study to put in place a long term solution.” Bay Ferries Ltd. operates the Cat high-speed ferry between Yarmouth and two ports in Maine, Bar Harbor and Portland. About 100 people are employed by the Bay Ferries service in Yarmouth. In 2008, 85,000 customers used the ferry service. “Yarmouth continues to be an important entry point between Nova Scotia and the United States,” said Mr. Scott. “Our recent investment in the Yarmouth International Airport speaks to our continued commitment to the southwest region and its importance as a gateway to Nova Scotia.” The province announced on Tuesday, Jan. 20, that it will invest $2 million to help re-establish air service at the Yarmouth International Airport. The Yarmouth International Airport Committee recently reached an agreement with Starlink Aviation of Montreal to provide twice-daily round-trip flights connecting Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the Yarmouth airport and the Portland International Jetport. The move will create jobs in the area and help to stimulate the local economy. The Industrial Expansion Fund is one method the government of Nova Scotia uses to support economic development in the province. It is key to helping industries involved in innovation and technology and contributing to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia. There is considerable flexibility in the amount and type of funding it can provide.
La musique, les arts dramatiques, les arts visuels et la danse, les quatre piliers des arts, étaient en vedette aujourd’hui 20 avril lors du lancement de la Semaine de l’éducation en Nouvelle-Écosse. Célébrée chaque année depuis 1935, la Semaine de l’éducation célèbre l’engagement des enseignants et des autres partenaires en éducation envers leurs élèves et leurs sujets. « Les enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse travaillent de façon inlassable, » a dit le premier ministre Rodney MacDonald. « Ils sont responsables d’inspirer les jeunes de la province et de former nos futurs leaders. » Cette année, 23 enseignants et cinq partenaires ont reçu les prix de la Semaine de l’éducation. Des activités auront lieu à l’échelle de la province cette semaine afin de marquer le thème de cette année « Les arts vivants! ». Les écoles organiseront des expositions d’art, des concerts, des cafés et des pièces de théâtre. « L’éducation artistique enseigne aux élèves à penser de façon créative et critique, et à résoudre les problèmes de façon novatrice, » a dit Judy Streatch, ministre de l’Éducation. « Ce sont des compétences nécessaires pour devenir des citoyens bien équilibrés au 21e siècle. » L’éducation artistique contribue non seulement au bien-être et au succès des élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse, mais elle améliore aussi l’économie culturelle et créative. Un rapport publié plus tôt cette année par le Nova Scotia Cultural Action Network, indique que malgré le trouble économique actuel, le secteur culturel et créatif de la province continue de croître. « La Nouvelle-Écosse a un riche patrimoine qui est imprégné des arts et de la culture, » a affirmé le premier ministre MacDonald. « Les éducateurs en arts inspirent de grands artistes, acteurs, danseurs et musiciens. Ils ne font pas que former nos artistes, ils continuent aussi de renforcer un secteur traditionnel et essentiel à l’économie de la province. » La Semaine de l’éducation est un effort de coopération entre le Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse, l’Association des conseils scolaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse, la Fédération des associations foyer-école de la Nouvelle-Écosse, la Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse, la Association of Nova Scotia Educational Administrators et le ministère de l’Éducation.
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation today, July 20, released its year-end results from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011. For the 12-month period, the NSLC recorded net earnings of $223.2 million on sales of $581.6 million. This represents an increase in net income of $3.8 million or 1.7 per cent, compared with last year. The NSLC’s net income target was $223.5 million on sales of $593.3 million for the year ended March 31, 2011. Earnings before depreciation and amortization for the fiscal year were $231.8million, an increase of 1.3 per cent compared to $228.8 million last year. A detailed news release can be found by following the News Releases link on the NSLC website at www.myNSLC.com . -30-
Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, March 5, the appointment of Lora MacEachern as associate deputy minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “Ms. MacEachern brings extensive government and senior leadership experience that will support our goal of a safe, educated and skilled workforce that is ready to capitalize on some of the biggest opportunities we have ever seen,” said Premier Dexter. Ms. MacEachern has spent the past year as senior executive director of the Safety Branch at the department, which includes the Occupational Health and Safety Division and the Office of the Fire Marshal. She has been involved with the continued implementation of recommendations by the auditor general on the Office of the Fire Marshal. She replaces associate deputy minister Jeff Conrad who is seconded to the Atlantic Workforce Partnership. Ms. MacEachern began her public service career in 1997 as a lawyer, serving as legal advisor to several government departments, including the Executive Council Office, and was part of the management team at the Justice department. The appointment is effective immediately.
The province is reassuring apprentices working in other provinces that their hours will count toward certification in Nova Scotia. “There has been some recent confusion and concern from Nova Scotians who are interested in pursuing a skilled trade through the apprenticeship system, especially those working outside our province,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Frank Corbett. “I want to let apprentices know that their hours earned in another province will be counted toward their certification once they come home. This has always been the case, and will continue to be.” People working to become a certified journeyperson receive creditfor hours in other provinces, provided verification is given by their employer. The policy is in the general regulations of theApprenticeship and Trades Qualification Act, and has been the practice for years. “In all my years with the IBEW, I am not aware of any cases where one of our apprentices working in another province did not get their hours recognized when they returned home to Nova Scotia,” said Tim Swinamer, business manager with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 625. “As a party to a joint apprenticeship agreement, it is our experience that those hours have always been recognized, and therefore counted toward their apprenticeship.” Apprentices can contact the Department of Labour and Advanced Education at 902-424-5651 or toll-free 1-800-494-5651, or visit www.nsapprenticeship.ca, if they have questions or concerns about certification.
VICTORIA COUNTY: Englishtown Ferry The Englishtown Ferry is back in service. It had been out of service because of ice and weather conditions. -30-
A new electronic system will enhance quality of care in long-term care facilities across Nova Scotia. The International Resident Assessment Instrument for Long Term Care Facilities, commonly called interRAI, will allow health professionals to complete standardized assessments of residents in long-term care. A request for proposals was issued today, Oct. 19, to hire the team that will buy and oversee the implementation of the interRAI system. “This is about supporting dedicated staff and making sure people living in our long-term care homes are getting the best care possible,” said Minister of Health and Wellness Randy Delorey. The online care management tool will help staff identify important health issues among residents, develop appropriate care plans and monitor the progress of residents or changes in health on an ongoing basis. InterRAI will also support consistent collection of data. The system will be able to generate reports that are specific to residents and facilities. The data will be used to measure quality and areas for improvement. InterRAI will also facilitate reporting to the Canadian Institute for Health Information. “This is good news for our members,” said Mary Lee, president and CEO, Health Association Nova Scotia. “Long-term care facilities are committed to providing quality, person-centred care and have promoted the importance of standardized data collection. InterRAI will allow consistent planning across the sector.” The implementation of interRAI is a recommendation of the Long-Term Care Working Conditions Group, which was comprised of stakeholders from unions and employers, in response to the Nova Scotia Nurses Union Broken Homes Report. “This is a step in the right direction and an affirmation of the research in the Broken Homes Report,” said Janet Hazelton, president of the union. “With the right supports, this tool will provide a clear picture of the health of long-term care residents and staffing requirements.” This investment is part of a 10-year federal funding commitment of $286 million for initiatives related to youth, mental health, home and community care announced in August.
Kolkata: Bidhannagar Cyber Crime police station busted an online cheating racket that duped the customers of online shopping portal Flipkart. On Friday evening, cops raided an office near Akanksha crossing in New Town and arrested 11 persons. According to sources, cops got a tip off about some persons, who called up the customers of Flipkart and said they won I-phone and LED televisions against their purchases. The accused persons also used to tell the customers to purchase more items in order to get the prize. To make the payment, the racketeers provided an e-wallet number. But, after paying the amount the customers did not get anything. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaOn Friday evening, cops raided an office building at the Akanksha crossing where the accused persons had hired an office to run their racket. They used to call up the customers using pre-activated SIM cards. They also had the customer database of Flipkart. During the raid, cops found several laptops, hard disk of computers, a good number pre-activated SIM cards, cash worth Rs 93,690, database documents of Flipkart customers and ATM cards of different banks. Cops came to know that it was an interstate racket. It is suspected that some employees of Flipkart had connection with the racketeers. Police are contacting the Flipkart authorities to find out how they got the database of the customers. The arrested persons have been booked under sections 408 (criminal breach of trust by clerk or servant) 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC and 21 (Using unauthorised telegraphs) of the Indian Telegraph Act.
Beijing: China on Monday hoped that President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi would discuss their respective trade frictions with the US and the two “good friends” could reach a consensus on opposing “trade protectionism” during their very important meeting during the SCO summit in Bishkek this week. This year’s summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will be held in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek on June 13-14 where Modi and Xi are scheduled to meet and discuss bilateral and international issues. The meeting assumes significance as this is the first meeting between the two leaders after Modi-led BJP’s massive victory in the recent elections in India. Xi had congratulated Modi on his re-election through a letter on May 23. “Once again we congratulate Prime Minister Modi. President Xi and Prime Minister Modi are good friends.”
London: The field of contenders vying to become Britain’s next prime minister narrowed to six on Friday when Health Secretary Matt Hancock withdrew from the contest. The 40-year-old, who is against leaving the European Union without a deal, pulled out saying he was not in a position to win following Thursday’s first round of voting. Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, a Brexit figurehead who insists Britain must leave the EU in October “deal or no deal”, topped the secret ballot of Conservative MPs by a landslide, winning 114 of the 313 available votes. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaHancock came sixth out of the seven to make it through to a second round on Tuesday next week, when at least one more candidate will drop out. “I have decided to withdraw from the race and work out what is the best way to advance the values that I care deeply about,” he told the London Evening Standard newspaper. “It is clear that I can’t win from here,” he said, having received 20 votes — three more than the minimum threshold required to stay in the contest. Also Read – Conservative leader calls Trudeau a fraud in Canadian debateHancock is one of the centre-right party’s rising stars, a moderate widely seen as competent at his job and skilful with the media. “I’m going to talk to all the other candidates and consider how best I can advance the values that I care deeply about,” he said. In Thursday’s vote, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt came second behind Johnson with 43 votes, while Environment Secretary Michael Gove was third on 37. Following a televised debate on Sunday, candidates will need a minimum 33 votes to get through Tuesday’s second round. Further rounds of voting are scheduled and the Conservatives should be down to their last two candidates by the end of Thursday. If Johnson does not lose votes next week, he is guaranteed a place in the final two. But he is taking flak from other candidates as the only one yet to confirm he will take part in Sunday’s Channel 4 debate. After hustings around the country, the party’s 160,000 grassroots members will pick their new leader in a postal ballot.
Jakarta: The death toll from an Indonesian ferry sinking has risen to 18, authorities said Tuesday, the latest maritime accident to hit the archipelago nation. The overloaded passenger boat was carrying more than 60 people when it overturned Monday in rough seas near Madura island, off Java’s north coast. Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said 18 people had died, including several children, with 39 survivors. A fleet of rescue vessels, a plane and local fishing boats are searching the waters for at least four others still missing, authorities said. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonBut local reports have suggested that there could be more victims who were not listed on the official manifest. “It’s suspected that the boat was overloaded,” East Java Police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said. “The boat was hit by a large wave, overturned and sank.” The 10-metre (32 foot) long traditional vessel was found by fishermen shortly after it was swamped, he added. Marine accidents are common in Indonesia, an archipelago nation of more than 17,000 islands, where many use ferries and other boats to travel despite poor safety standards.
Kolkata: The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has nabbed two persons on Tuesday night from Digha in East Midnapore, for allegedly murdering two Trinamool Congress workers on June 10 at Jagaddal. On the day of the incident, two Trinamool workers identified as Md Halim and Md Mustaque were talking in front of their houses, when miscreants hurled multiple crude bombs at them and fled. Halim died on the spot while Mustaque was declared brought dead by the doctor of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial (JNM) Hospital in Kalyani. Later, three persons were arrested. The accused persons are locally known as BJP workers who had allegedly attacked the Trinamool workers post the Lok Sabha 2019 election results. Several more accused named in the FIR are still on the loose.
New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India Monday reported a 14 per cent decline in total sales at 1,24,708 units in June as against 1,44,981 units in the same month last year. Domestic sales during the month were down 15.3 per cent at 1,14,861 units last month compared to 1,35,662 units in June last year, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a statement. Mini segment, comprising Alto and old WagonR, saw a slide of 36.2 per cent to 18,733 units as against 29,381 per cent in the year-ago month. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep The compact segment, which includes models such as New WagonR, Celerio, Ignis, Swift, Baleno and Dzire, clocked 62,897 units last month as compared to 71,570 units in the same month last year, down 12.1 per cent. In the mid segment, the company said its sedan Ciaz sales were up 47.1 per cent at 2,322 units from 1,579 units in June last year. Sales of utility vehicles, including Gypsy, Ertiga, Vitara Brezza, S-Cross, were at 17,797 units in June as compared to 19,321 units in the year-ago month, down 7.9 per cent, MSI added. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs MSI said its van sales, comprising Omni and Eeco models, were also down 24 per cent at 9,265 units as against 12,185 units in the same month last year. Sales of light commercial vehicle Super Carry were, however, up 24 per cent at 2,017 units as compared to 1,626 units in June last year, the company said. Exports were also up 5.7 per cent last month at 9,847 units as against 9,319 units in June 2018, MSI added.
Mumbai: India’s financial capital limped back to normalcy Wednesday morning with public transport resuming services after torrential rains, that lashed the city since Sunday, subsided. At 375.2 mm, the rainfall in the 24-hour period before 8.30 am Tuesday was the highest since the July 26, 2005, deluge in Mumbai. It had widely affected train and bus services while several flights had to be diverted from Mumbai airport and others were delayed for hours. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief A senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official Wednesday said that with respite from incessant showers, there was no more water logging in any parts of the city and suburban trains and BEST buses were running according to schedule. According to a BEST spokesperson, out of 3,203 buses, 2,950 were plying on roads. The Central Railway has decided to operate its suburban services in Mumbai division on Sunday time table, which means it will ply fewer trains, compared to weekdays when trains are run in full capacity. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC “In view of IMD forecast of very heavy rainfall coupled with high tide on Wednesday, Central Railway will run suburban services on July 3 in Mumbai Division as per Sunday timetable,” chief spokesperson of Central Railway Sunil Udasi said. Special suburban services will be operated if the need arises, he said. However, Western Railway’s services were normal, giving much respite to commuters. No major accidents were reported on Wednesday, except a fire in an electric meter box at Tagor Nagar in suburban Vikhroli (E). A BMC spokesperson said two persons suffered burn injuries in the incident and have been admitted to Sion Hospital.
Regular exercise is not just good for your health but it can also make you smarter, a study has found. Neuroscientists, working with mice, have discovered that a short burst of exercise directly boosts the function of a gene that increases connections between neurons in the hippocampus, the region of the brain associated with learning and memory. They measured the brain’s response to single bouts of exercise in otherwise sedentary mice that were placed for short periods on running wheels. The mice ran a few kilometers in two hours. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe study, published in the journal eLife, found that short-term bursts of exercise – the human equivalent of a weekly game of pickup basketball, or 4,000 steps – promoted an increase in synapses in the hippocampus. The neurocientists at Oregon Health & Science University in the US made the key discovery by analysing genes that were increased in single neurons activated during exercise. During the research, one particular gene – Mtss1L – stood out. This gene had been largely ignored in prior studies in the brain. The researchers discovered that when this gene is activated by short bursts of exercise, it promotes small growths on neurons known as dendritic spines – the site at which synapses form. The study showed that an acute burst of exercise is enough to prime the brain for learning.
Mumbai: Educationist and founder of the ‘Super 30’ programme Anand Kumar says he faced several problems in continuing his journey to educate underprivileged children in Patna.He blames the “crab in the bucket” mentality of people in small towns for all the obstacles which came his way while educating the children.”When it comes to a big city like Mumbai, there are so many celebrities, famous people are living in harmony and no one will try to pull the other person down… but that is not how the small town culture works and it is very unfortunate. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography”Crab mentality exists in small-town society and therefore many influential people tend to harass and pull down anyone who does not belong to elite, privileged society,” Kumar told IANS.He alongside IPS officer and educationist Abhayanand started his ‘Super 30′ programme in 2002, with the intention to provide free education to students who prepare for the Joint Entrance Exam for the Indian Institutes of Technology. Kumar does not take any donation from any individual or organisation and is single-handedly mansging the funds for this education programme. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knotKumar said: “From the time I started Super 30, my sole intention was to give those deserving children an opportunity to achieve their dream and poor financial background should never stop them. “Of course, there are life threats I have got, my family suffered and I know we have to face that even more, but they cannot stop me.”As the film “Super 30” , featuring Hrithik Roshan, is all set to release on July 12, Kumar hopes that his story will motivate youngsters to follow their dreams and will make them believe in the fact that “hard work always pays off, no matter which background one comes from”. Does he look at the biopic as a new stepping stone to his success?” Hrithik is a huge star and has a global reach to the audience…So I believe people will get to know the essence of my life in more detail now.”Kumar’s happiness lies in his students’ success.”It gives me immense joy when my student comes to meet me after earning his/her first salary or getting a job in some prestigious company. It feels good to see them making their parents feel proud. No materialistic gain can offer you that happiness…” Directed by Vikas Bahl, the film “Super 30” went through a little turmoil for its release but Kumar said that he was never worried about the situation.”Whether it is Hrithik, Vikasji or the producers of the film – everyone put a lot of hard work in the project and it is a story that’s worth waiting to come out. Since I have faced a lot of obstacles in my life since forever, my father told me that the darker the night is, the brighter the morning. “So I was not disturbed regarding the back and forth of the release date,” he added.
Seoul: North Korea has released a Russian fishing boat with a crew of 15 Russians and two South Koreans after it was detained for violating entry regulations, the Russian embassy in Pyongyang said Sunday. The release comes nearly two weeks after North Korean border guards took control of the ship belonging to the Russian North-Eastern Fishing Company on July 17. The vessel, named Xiang Hai Lin 8, left the North Korean port of Wonsan late Saturday, the embassy said in a Facebook post. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”At 19:30, the vessel left the Wonsan port’s pier and headed to Sokcho (South Korea), where two South Korean crewmembers will come ashore,” it said. The embassy added it will continue to investigate the “circumstances” of the ship’s detention. South Korea’s unification ministry, which handles inter-Korean relations, welcomed the boat’s “safe return”, calling the release “positive from a humanitarian perspective”. The boat arrived in Sokcho on Sunday afternoon, the ministry said in a statement. The boat was fishing for crab and travelled from South Korea to the Sea of Japan when it was detained some 55 nautical miles (100 kilometres) from the North Korean border. Russian coast guards frequently detain North Korean fishermen in the Far East, many of whom use rudimentary wooden boats. Some of them are sentenced to prison.
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday expressed concern over the flood situation in some states and urged his party workers to help the affected people. “The flood situation in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, Assam and Bihar is grim, with lakhs of citizens stranded or displaced. I request Congress Party workers in the affected states to do all they can to help those in need and pray that the flood waters soon subside,” he wrote on Twitter. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The people of Wayanad, my Lok Sabha constituency, are in my thoughts and prayers as they battle raging flood waters. I was to travel to Wayanad, but I’ve now been advised by officials that my presence will disrupt relief operations. I’m awaiting their OK to travel,” Gandhi said in another tweet. Nine people drowned on Thursday when a rescue boat capsized in flood-ravaged Sangli district of Western Maharashtra, while a ‘red alert’ was sounded in four districts of Kerala where heavy rains, gusty winds and widespread landslips wreaked havoc in several areas. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis conducted an aerial survey to review the flood situation in Sangli and Kolhapur, which are the worst hit following heavy rains in the area where the Krishna and Panchganga rivers are in spate. In Kerala, water level is rising in most of the rivers and dams across the state with Kannur, Wayanad, Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Kasaragod districts facing a flood-like situation.
India’s home-grown luxury chocolate brand, Fabelle Chocolates, commemorated India’s 73rd Independence Day with a limited edition chocolate range, unveiled at ITC Sonar. Fabelle pays tribute to India’s rich food culture and diverse tastes by identifying hero ingredients from across the country and pairing them with White, Milk, Dark and Ruby Chocolate.Fabelle divided the country into six zones and created six chocolate bars, each representing the flavours of a region, like, Northern Himalayan Region – Dark Chocolate smoked with Tea and Pink Himalayan Salt, Thar Desert – Ruby Chocolate with Toasted Sesame, Salted Peanuts and Toasted Amaranth, Gangetic Plains – Milk Chocolate with Jaggery powder and crunchy Puffed Rice, Central Plains – Dark Chocolate with Candied Orange Peel blended with Raisins, Deccan Plateau – White Chocolate with Coffee and Cardamom Powder effusion, Coastal Regions – Milk Chocolate with Desiccated Coconut powder and Candied Mango. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAcross 6 cities, 600 such bars were handcrafted by Fabelle Master Chocolatiers in a larger-than-life 73 kg chocolate installation to commemorate the 73rd Independence Day. Each chocolate bar is priced at Rs 265 and to make the occasion sweeter, Fabelle Chocolates will be donating proceeds from the sale of these bars to Make-A-Wish Foundation of India, a non-profit organisation, which works towards supporting deserving children to lead a richer life by fulfilling their wishes. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAnuj Rustagi, Chief Operating Officer – Chocolates, Coffee and New Categories – Food Division, ITC Limited said,”Fabelle’s endeavour, especially during celebratory occasions is to delight consumers with thematic and one of a kind chocolate experiences. We are extremely happy to see how Fabelle Master Chocolatiers bring to life a befitting tribute to the country’s rich legacy of indigenous tastes and flavours as we observe this historic celebration of Independence Day year-on-year.” Deepak Bhatia, Make-A-Wish Foundation shared, “Independence Day holds tremendous ground in the list of national celebrations since it reminds every Indian about the dawn of a new beginning. Make-A-Wish has granted over 334,000 wishes worldwide to some very deserving children.”
Mumbai: National energy major NTPC is planning to set up an ultra-mega solar park in the Kutch region of Gujarat that will produce up to 5,000 mega watts and involve an investment of Rs 20,000 crore or more. “We are looking at setting up an ultra-mega solar park in the Kutch and also one in Rajasthan. In the Kutch, we are planning to produce 5,000 mw at an investment of around Rs 4 crore per mw, taking the total investment to Rs 20,000 crore. We are looking at two-three locations in the Kutch. We will invite others to invest as well,” NTPC chairman and managing director Gurdeep Singh told reporters here Monday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHe said, the company is also looking at Rajasthan for setting up an ultra mega solar park. “But the amount of energy that will be produced and the quantum of investment required will be decided after the location is finalised,” he added. Further, he said NTPC is also planning to tie up with municipalities to produce electricity from solid waste. “Since last year we have been running a pilot project in Banaras in UP that converts bio-waste into electricity. Now we are planning to do a similar project with the East Delhi Municipal Corporation to produce 20 mw a day and we will float the tender over the next 30 months. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”However we are in more advanced stages of talks with the Surat civic body as we have available land and we are planning to award the contract soon,” he said. The company has a similar plan for Ladakh as well, Singh added. “We are keen to partner with more municipal bodies for waste management. Our only demand is that they must deliver waste to the plant,” he added. NTPC is also looking at good projects to acquire through the bankruptcy process. “At present there are not many good projects in NCLTs, we are looking at three projects, one hydro asset of 100 mw and two coal-based assets of 600 mw each. We are open to projects in hydro, coal and renewal as well,” he added.